My Cultivation Experience at Work
I have worked in my current company for many years.
Master told us: "Since every one of you is cultivating Zhen-Shan-Ren, you should be a good person in every circumstance." ("Teaching Fa at the Conference in Canada") In the family, at work, or in society, do we think of ourselves as cultivators at all times? When we do as required by the Fa, not only do we show how a cultivator truly cultivates and put cultivation into action, but it also relates to whether people can see Dafa's beauty in the behavior of a cultivator and thus be saved.
A colleague of mine who worked with me in the same office has always had a tough working style, and done things her own way. The department manager covered for her and she often sneaked out during work hours, which resulted in other people doing her work. One day, I went out on business. She did not go to work and it was noticed by the general manager. The department manager was questioned about her absence. However, she and the department manager blamed me.
On my way home at lunch break that day, I first recalled what Master said about looking inward in "Fa-Teaching Given to the Australian Practitioners." I immediately looked inward. What was the attachment I had which caused the problem? I had anger, jealousy, and an imbalanced heart, I looked down on others, and I had many other attachments. Also, I had been unhappy about this colleague for a long time. I had not followed:
"You should always be benevolent and kind to others, and consider others when doing anything. Whenever you encounter a problem, you should first consider whether others can put up with this matter or if it will hurt anyone. In doing so, there will not be any problems." (Zhuan Falun)
So, something did happen.
When I realized my attachments, I thought I should deal with what had happened as soon as possible and make up for my mistake. I wrote a letter to the department manager to apologize because I was inconsiderate, affected the whole group, and hurt some individuals. I also hoped that we could treasure our relationships to get to know each other better and that we could work together happily. In the end, the whole situation changed dramatically. A colleague who knew about the incident told me that she did not expect that manager to shout at me and accuse me in the morning, but it was like nothing had happened in the afternoon, and there was no accusation. I knew in my heart that it was looking inward and Dafa's power that changed the outcome.
Three months after the event happened, I did not know that the company general manger was informed about the incident. When he found out, the general manager was very angry. He wanted to handle the related staff himself, including our department manager. In the investigation of the event, I described what actually happened and how I handled it. The general manager insisted on handling the people involved. I then wrote a letter to the general manager to thank him for clearly distinguishing between good and bad, and being fair. I also said that what had happened was also due to my shortcoming in cultivation, and the event would not have happened if I had selflessly considered the whole group. I hoped that he could take the interests of the whole into account, resolve the problem with benevolence, and give everyone an opportunity, given that the responsible staff members had been hard-working and could make more contributions to the company in the future.
A few days later, the general manager met with me again. He was moved by a Dafa practitioner's benevolence, kindness, tolerance, and endurance. I not only took responsibility for something not my fault, but also asked forgiveness for those responsible, which was not what he had expected. I told him that I could do that because I cultivate in Dafa. Becoming a person who follows Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance is good for everyone. He honestly said he would learn that from me, and he promoted me one level. Because he trusted in me and expressed distrust in others, he gave me an important task.
As Dafa practitioners, we cultivate in ordinary society, not asking for fame or fortune, but can correct ourselves according to the Fa, and look inward in our cultivation because we do things according to the Fa's requirements. Doing so not only resolves seemingly difficult problems, but also improves our xinxing, develops a good reputation, and gets us recognized by other people. In addition, our environment can be corrected and affected positively. We influence and affect other people and validate Dafa's beauty!
The above is my personal cultivation experience. I welcome all comments.
Original article date: 11/8/2009